Well I'll start by saying I don't do tiered magic yet. But I was wondering. When clients come in with requests for multiple tiers, what makes you determine if they get the " you're crazy " look?
( Let's say you owned everything possible to make any size and shape )
What is the smallest bottom tier for a multi tiered cake in your opinion ? Or what is the minimum servings you will accept to build 3 tiers or more. If someone wants a tiered cake for 30 people, do you force their opinion so they get a 9' cake or you get them a 4'-5'-6' like they want, even if it may look wonky to some people.
On the opposite spectrum, how high. Let's say someone want's 145 servings. You could bake a 9'-11'-13' rounds, but what if the client asked for 4'-5'-6'-7'-8'-9'-10' ( serves 145 ) do they get the crazy look ? Of course the later would require more work and a higher price tag, but would you try to get away with doing the 9'-11'-13'?
Feel free to chance servings / shapes / sizes or whatever. I'm not trying to " price that cake " here haha I'm wondering when you would be like, No.
Oh and let's pretend you showed them dummies representing what they are thinking about and they still think it's awesome.
I will go no smaller than a 6" and 8" for a tiered cake, and I sell it as 30 portions. I am not faffing around with 4" cakes to make a 3 tier...if they want 3 tiers, they have to go 6, 8, 10" with me. Unless they offer me a limitless budget of course...
A 9" round is usually significantly cheaper than a 2 tier cake to give the same number of portions...
... that's usually the deciding factor for my customers!
According to my portions chart, a 9" round will give approximately 27 'party portions' (ie 2" x 1" x depth of cake).
A 4" + 6" + 8" cake will give around 34 portions.
There's at least £50 (approx $75) difference between them, though!!!!
I do small tiered cakes often. Smallest bottom tier I've done is a 5", so it was a 3-4-5. But it was a specific request. I do 4-6-8's a lot, I've done 5-6-7's...they're fun if you're into that kind of thing. Average price for the smallest ones is about $275. They're cute and fun, but they aren't any less work than a three tier that serves twice as many. You're still baking, icing, decorating 3 tiers of cake. It should not be any cheaper.
Actually, they're about $300 and up. I looked and haven't had a three tier of any size for less than that in 2 years.
smallest I have done is a 2 tier 4 and 6 :)
AAnd they're so stinkin' cute!
5am on a Saturday, where's my bed!?
But seriously, I love the look of smaller versions of cakes and pastries, I really enjoy doing things small. Assuming the price reflected the product, I really wouldn't have an issue with any size or shape.
I personally love a seven , five three . But have used a five and a three as a bottom tier. I have tins all the way down to one and a half .
How the F do you guys ice a cake that dang small? I think I would go nuts doing something that tiny. LOL!
Exactly. They are not cheap, or priced per serving.
This has a 7" for a bottom tier. There's another thread about not doing tiers that are less than 2" difference, and I always respectfully (sometimes not-oops) disagree with. It doesn't work with every design, but it does with some. This is a 4-5-6-7.
I love those!
AI use SPS to stack tiers so the top tier is the limiting factor. With a top tier of 6", the smallest 2-tier we off is 6"/8". Using less than 2" diameter between tiers isn't visually appealing, IMO.